Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The world is getting bigger

We have been bombarded by statistics concerning the rate of obesity in North America. Over the last 2 decades an extremely disturbing trend of increasing caloric consumption and decreasing amounts of physical activity has led to an explosion in the size of population.

It is interesting that the results of a new study by the European Commission and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (E.C.D), found in a research study called Health at a Glance Europe 2010 report, is recommending that European kids learn to eat better and become more physically active.

The reason for this study and publication: The research found that the incidence of obesity had more than doubled over the past 20 years, in most EU member states, and that just over 50 percent of Europeans are now either classified as overweight or obese.

The report also found that only 1 in 5 children is physically active and the majority of these children are between the ages of 11 and 15.

There is a direct correlation between children who are obese or overweight and an increased risk of various health related issues during adulthood, such as:
  • suffering from poor health later in life
  • developing heart disease
  • developing diabetes
  • suffering from some forms of cancer, arthritis, asthmaa
  • reduced quality of life
  • premature death.
According to BBC, the five "fattest" countries include the UK and Ireland:

Five "WORST" countries:
  • UK - 24.5% of adults are obese
  • Ireland - 23%
  • Malta - 22.3%
  • Iceland - 20.1%
  • Luxembourg - 20%
Five "BEST" countries
  • Romania - 7.9%
  • Switzerland - 8.1%
  • Italy - 9.9%
  • Norway - 10%
  • Sweden - 10.2%
This is extremely worrying because the issue of obesity and weight gain has now become a world wide epidemic.

Africa and the far east too populations facing obesity and other weight relates issues
A United Nations conference stated that diseases such as diabetes and obesity are becoming as great a cause for concern for the African continent as malnutrition.

Research suggests that more than one-third of African women and a quarter of African men are overweight.

We need to accept responsibility for our health and wellness, but more importantly, we need to guide our children, providing them with the understanding, the tools and the skills to better manage their health, wellness and body composition.

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